I have been a quest to figure out how to make the Perfect Red Velvet Cake. I have to admit that I have made A LOT of red velvet cakes in the process. All of the recipes were good but I was looking for an out-of-this-world recipe. I am picky about my cakes and am determined to create a recipe that will be the only red velvet cake I make in my future.
THIS is the reason I can't fit into my jeans.
There's always January 1st...
I have always been a red velvet cake fan but there are some that are just better than others. I was looking for a deep, rich flavor and a tender, moist crumb with a sweet creamy cream cheese frosting. This Red Velvet Cake recipe is by far the BEST red velvet cake I have ever tried. Now it is time to share it with you!
Since Christmas is one week away (I can't even believe it how quickly it snuck up on us), this is such a beautiful cake to serve on Christmas Eve or Christmas day. The red and white colors are so vibrant and perfectly represent the season.
I am sharing my tips, tricks, and baking advice with you below so you can make the best red velvet cake ever. When making cakes, there is a rhyme and reason to even the order of adding the ingredients. After much testing, this creates the best tasting red velvet cake.
Tips and tricks for making perfect Red Velvet Cake:
- Use a combination of sweet cream Butter and Oil. This is when you get the best of both worlds. Both butter and oil will provide a moist texture to the cake but butter brings the flavor where oil elevates the texture. I have tried using just one of them and found that the best cake is when both butter and oil are used together.
- Use Buttermilk. Buttermilk is one of my favorite ingredients to use in baked goods. It is such a game changer and makes such a difference in the texture of the cake. It is worth it to buy buttermilk (you can use the remaining in my buttermilk pancakes or ricotta pancakes).
- Use Cake Flour. Cake flour has less gluten than all-purpose flour which creates a more tender crumb. You can find cake flour in all grocery stores. I buy it in bulk in grocery stores that sell items in bins (Winco, Sprouts, etc).
- Use a combination of Butter and Cream Cheese in Frosting. A smooth, creamy, and sweet cream cheese frosting is unlike anything else. I love to use a mix of butter and cream cheese as butter brings some richness and the cream cheese adds a subtle tang. Adding powdered sugar is the finishing touch!
- I love to use the USA 8-inch cake pans because the cake comes out beautifully from the pans. You can also find a link to 9-inch pans below. I also use an angled spatula to frost my cakes.
Here are some of my favorite classic cakes on Modern Honey:
Love at First Sight Chocolate Cake -- a moist, rich chocolate cake with chocolate fudge frosting. A 5-star rated cake!
Yellow Birthday Cake with Milk Chocolate Frosting -- this cake recipe has a secret ingredient to make the cake light and fluffy with a killer chocolate frosting.
Here are my favorite cake pans to use for this red velvet cake recipe -- USA 9-inch Cake Pans. I couldn't frost a cake without my angled spatula. It is such a huge help and smooths out the frosting.
Happy Baking, my friends! xo
I’m going to make this cake for my sons wedding next weekend.
The temperature in the oven is?
Thanks a lot for the recipe
I am going to make this for my daughter’s birthday. Do you use liquid or gel food coloring?
Hi, I am planning on making this cake for Christmas since the beautiful colors make for a perfect dessert. But, I do have a couple questions. Do I specifically have to use canola oil or is vegetable oil fine? and since its using cream cheese frosting, does this cake need to be kept in the fridge? thanks in advance
Hi! These are great questions. You can use vegetable oil, no problem. I like to keep my red velvet chilled just my family prefers the icing to be slightly chilled. There's different rules of thought on this subject -- some say you must refrigerate it because it has cream cheese in it and others say that the sugar will help to preserve it.
I am going to make this cake for Christmas and add it to a trifle. I didn't want to use a boxed cake mix, so I looked around and found this recipe. It looks delicious! Thanks so much!
I have made this recipe multiple times as a cake and for cupcakes. The recipe is divine and always gets rave reviews! The use of both oil and butter definitely is key! I want to make this into a blue velvet cake for a baby shower coming up. Do you have any suggestions on how I can do this? Can I just swap the food coloring from red to blue?
Awww thank you so much! I love to hear that. Absolutely! You just swap it out until you get the color of blue you are looking for. 🙂
Hi! Question.. how many cups of batter does this recipe yield and how much do you put in each 8 inch pan to make it equal?
Hi! I tried making this cake (I’m a novice for sure) but the cake turned out kind of dense and dry. Any idea what I might have done wrong?! I’m afraid to try again and waste precious ingredients during these crazy times, but it looks so good on your pics!!
How did u get the red topping?
Tastes great it’s just a bit dry for me. I wish I used a simple syrup between the layers. Big hit with my family!
This is a beautiful recipe. The cake turned out so moist and delicious. I baked this for my birthday and it was a hit. Thank you so much for sharing!